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From 1998 to 2000, I was a member of the Task Force on Quality Management in Higher Education Language Studies, and from 2000 to 2003 was a member of the

    ELECTIONS TO THE BOARD 2005

    STATEMENT OF MOTIVATION

    I would like to express my willingness to stand for election to the Board of the European

    Language Council (ELC) at the General Assembly of the ELC to be held at the end of

    the Year Two Closing Conference at Copenhagen on 1st October.

    For the last 18 years, I have worked at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in the field of English language teaching. For the greater part of this time, I was Head of the English

    department of the Institut de Langues Vivantes et de Phonétique, this post involving the practice and supervision of course design and development for English language

    programmes offered to a variety of faculties. Subsequent to a long process of analysis

    and reflection, the Université Libre recently reformed its language teaching structures,

    creating a new centre gathering together all language teachers in the University, the

    Centre Interfacultaire de Didactique des Langues Vivantes (CIDLV). This initiative is part of a broader process of reform of language teaching at the Université Libre which has led to the launching of a Plan Langues. The Plan Langues has extended language teaching to a far greater number of students of the Université Libre and has the ultimate goal of ensuring that all students of the Université Libre benefit from language learning possibilities as an integral part of their study programme. I played an active role in the

    development of the Plan Langues and, in the new language centre, am Responsable académique (Academic Coordinator) for English language teaching across the

    University.

I have been involved in the activities of the ELC since 1998. From 1998 to 2000, I was a

    member of the Task Force on Quality Management in Higher Education Language

    Studies, and from 2000 to 2003 was a member of the Steering Committee of TNP2, sub-

    projet 3, Quality Enhancement in Higher Education Language Studies. Since that time, I have been involved in the European Network for the Promotion of Language Learning

    among all Undergraduates (ENLU), where I lead the project Institution-wide language policies. Throughout this time, I have found involvement in the activities of the ELC

    motivating and rewarding. Furthermore, I have become increasingly convinced of the

    crucial role which language learning plays in the preparation of our young graduates for

    the demands of the Europe of the 21

    st century in terms of their employability, their

    access to mobility programmes of different sorts, and also their education as tolerant

    and open-minded Europeans citizens.

    There exists a strong complementarity between my tasks at the Université Libre and my involvement in the ELC, and I feel that the two activities nourish one another reciprocally.

    My activities at the Université Libre confront me, on a daily basis, with the many practical challenges facing language teaching and language policy development in Higher

    Education, while my involvement in the ELC allows me to place the experience I have

    gained at the Université Libre in a broader European context. Becoming member of the

    Board of the ELC would allow me to pursue and to deepen my involvment in the ELC. I

    feel that my contribution to the work of the Board may be most marked with respect to

    Higher Education language policy development, the area of the ELC’s activities in which

    I am currently most active, in ENLU, in the specific area of institution-wide language

    policies.

    I have been at the Université Libre de Bruxelles for over 18 years, but have also worked in other contexts. My career in language teaching began in 1977 with a post in a higher

    education institute in Libya, then took me to the University of Edinburgh (where I

    completed an M.Sc and a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics), with a period of two years at the

    Freie Universität Berlin, and a further period of three years at the University of Aston,

    where I was involved in teaching French and lecturing on Applied Linguistics. In addition

    to my current interest in Higher Education language policy development, my research

    and publications lie in the field of language teaching methodology and teacher training

    (as manifested, among other, in the books Learner-centredness as Language Education

    and The Dynamics of the Language Classroom). I would hope that the various strands of my career which I have outlined briefly above, together with the commitment I feel to

    Higher Education language teaching in Europe, would allow me to make a rounded

    contribution to the many activities of the ELC Board.

Brussels, 25 September 2005

Ian Tudor, Université Libre de Bruxelles

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